Last Updated Sep 18, 2009 5:29 PM EDT
The suit claims that black employees were "coached out" of the company, and less likely to be promoted. Lilly has 21,000 employees, the suit says, of which 7.5 percent are black. That's a lower percentage than in 2002, when 8.6 percent were black. About 1,000 employees are affected by the suit, the NAACP claims.
If you read Lilly employees' debate about the suit on Cafe Pharma, you'd think there was some kind of race war going on inside the company.
In the suit, three employees describe encountering hangmen's nooses in the workplace. Lead plaintiff Cassandra Welch found a doll on her desk with a rope around its neck, she claims:
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